At this time of year I’m always looking at the Acers in the garden to see their changing colours. When I was away at half term, I was hoping that I wouldn’t come back to all the leaves sitting on the grass!
A. Osakazuki by the arch into the woodland. All the leaves thankfully still on the tree.
The colour is getting better each day.
Fortunately the week I was away, the weather was quite calm and everything was still in place when I got back. A few of the leaves on Acer Osakazuki were a little burnt and shrivelled, but overall they were fine.
Such a beautiful colour. It is worth the wait each year
Suddenly we have night time temperatures down to almost zero followed by nice sunny days, this is what causes the chlorophyll to switch off and shows the underlying colours in the leaves.
This also shows Acer Sango Kaku in the background, which is becoming more of a butter yellow as the days go by.
When the sun shines through the leaves, yellow can be seen too.
Love the contrast with the dark background.
Yes, definitely yellow in there with all the red.
I’m reminded of stained glass windows when they are backlit by the sun.
I love the way the colours vary.
Yes, this is now a good year for autumn tints, a little later than usual.
Acer Sango Kaku in the background, is the first of my Acers to change colour from the green of summer.
Acer Sango Kaku has lovely coral coloured stems as well as its beautiful leaves.
The leaves show up well against the bay bush behind it, this bush also shelters the Acer from the SW wind and the sun which would burn the delicate leaves.
The leaves of Acer Sango Kaku seem so much more delicate than the leaves of A.Osakazuki.
The colours are still changing, becoming more yellow as the days go by.
I love the contrast with the dark background.
The leaves form an almost lacelike cover for the tree.
I think I should give the tree a good shake to dislodge the fallen chestnut leaves.
The large Acer to the left of the archway, which was here before us, always starts changing colour from the top. This is taken from an upstairs window and it will be a while before the whole tree is orange.
Day by day, the colours get better, but there is still a long way to go.
When all the leaves have changed it makes the garden look as though it is on fire, I think it will be another week before that happens. It will have to have a post all by itself.
I can see lots of different shades in here, very pretty.
Like the other two trees, a dark background sets them off.
Sometimes we don’t have leaves on all three trees changing at the same time, it all depends on whether we get strong winds and rain, or not. Already we have had wonderful colour for over a month, so it is well worth the wait for the garden to have its final fling before closing down for the winter. Closing down did I say, I will hardly be able to draw breath and it will be snowdrop time!